Title: Assistant Director
Department: Career Center
Campus: Hammond & Westville
Building: Student Union and Library Room: 347-B
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Oakland University, 2005
- Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, Oakland University, 2009
- Over 5 years of experience in Workforce and Career Development in non-profit agencies and higher education
- Certified Job/Career Development and Transition Coach, Career Development Network
What path brought you here?
I completed my Master’s in Community/Clinical Counseling with the initial goal of becoming an academic advisor at a college or university. During my graduate program, there was a particular class that sparked my interest in Career Development and I accidently stumbled into the world of Career Services and Development and it has truly been one of my best career moves yet. I worked in Career and Workforce Development for 3 years in South-East Michigan (where I was born and raised) and became certified as a Job/Career Development and Transition coach. I moved to Northwest Indiana in 2013 to start a new journey in what was then known as the Office of Career Services at Purdue University Calumet.
What Do You Like Most About Working At The Career Center?
More than anything, I love working with the students to help them as they prepare for life after college. Being someone that was truly indecisive in the beginning when it came to major and career choice while in college, I understand the concerns students have as they travel down their career paths. Helping them figure it out and hearing the success stories when they’ve met their goals is by far the most rewarding part of my job.
Quote you live by:
“Go with your gut feeling”.
Advice for Students:
Don’t wait until you need a job to start “looking for a job” It’s so important to get an early jump on your career preparation so that you are marketable and in a better position to secure employment upon graduation.
What is the most interesting job you ever had?
When I was in High School I worked as a camp counselor for a summer day camp. It was so cool because I basically got paid to play all day